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Associate Professor of Musicology, Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan

Mark Clague researches music-making in the United States, with recent projects focusing on the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the music of George and Ira Gershwin. His interests center on questions of how music forges and shapes social relationships in such subjects as American orchestras as institutions (especially in early Chicago and San Francisco); the Atlanta School of composers; Sacred Harp singing; critical editing; and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship.


  • 2014–present
    Editor-in-Chief, Gershwin Critical Edition
  • 2003–present
    Associate Professor of Musicology, Univ. of Michigan


  • 2019
    American Music Goes to School in Atlanta: A Point of View and a Case in Point, Rethinking American Music, University of Illinois Press
  • 2019
    “Harmonizing Music and Money: Gershwin’s Economic Strategies from “Swanee” to An American in Paris, Gershwin Companion, Cambridge University Press
  • 2014
    “This Is America”: Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner Journey as Psychedelic Citizenship, Journal of the Society for American Music
  • 2012
    Building the American Orchestra: the Nineteenth-Century Roots of Twenty-First Century Musical Institutions, American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, Univ. of Chicago Press
  • 2010
    What Went On?: The (Pre-)History of Motown’s Politics at 45 rpm, Michigan Quarterly Review
  • 2008
    The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.: First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy , Univ. of California Press
  • 2008
    The Industrial Evolution of the Arts: Chicago’s Auditorium Theater Building (1889–) as Cultural Machine, Opera Quarterly
  • 2005
    Portraits in Beams and Barlines: Critical Music Editing and the Art of Notation, American Music
  • 2004
    Playing in ’Toon: Imagineering and the Social Harmonics of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, American Music

Professional Memberships

  • Society for American Music
  • American Musicological Society


National Endowment for the Humanities Grants